The world is bent on a cataclysmic confrontation with the holiness and justice of the LORD of hosts. Little do they realize who they are fighting. Exodus 15:3 teaches that the LORD is a man of war. Furthermore, as Joshua began to worship the "man" with the sword drawn in His hand (Joshua 5), Messiah Yeshua, in pre-incarnate form, reveals Himself as the Captain of the LORD's hosts.
Before Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3 are fulfilled,Joel 3:9-11 will be fulfilled for they have caused the Mighty One to come down! "Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD." Elijah is about to appear and proclaim this very time is near! The war about to erupt will lead to Israel gaining land to Sarafand, Lebanon (See Obadiah 19-21). This is the city of Zarephath where Elijah spent much time. Is this a sign that Elijah is about to come before the great and terrible day of the LORD?
This often bothered me, why Christ was portrayed as a lowly captain? Captains are the highest rank to lead soldiers into battle. They are not like generals who lead from bunkers, but they lead the charge. Yeshua is not aloof in this fight, for soon, mounted on a fine white charger, He will lead His holy ones in a glorious fight to save His much hated family! He is not coming to be spit upon, nor beaten, nor mocked, nor bruised, nor whipped.
No! He is coming to reign! He has been the suffering Prophet of Psalm 22 already! He has faithfully served as the Cohen HaGadol of Psalm 23--the Great Priest who shepherds His saints! Now he is about to fulfill the prophecies of the Psalm of the Great King--Psalm 24--the end of the trilogy! "Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
Then, as Solomon cast the usurper from his throne, Messiah will toss the beast from his. He will then gather up the beleaguered remnant of His family, and like Joseph, He will reveal those precious wounds, not in hate, but in absolute love and tender mercy even as Zechariah has shown us! There will then be the greatest revival that the world has ever seen. The Great King will take His rightful blood bought throne and He will be called Mashiyach Sar Shalom! Bless His name--we will have ringside seats in the cheering section on that day! Hosanna, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!
As a Jewish day starts in the evening, the darkness leading to Daniel's 70th week is slowly enveloping the earth. Hold on my child! JOY comes in the morning!!! The story, HIS story ends well!!!!!